cat in a furniture store, rue Villeneuve (near St Laurent)
Been walking around a lot, from place to place. The streets are still the same – St. Laurent, St. Denis, St. Hubert. Watched the absolutely brilliant Kung Fu Hustle that Ron had downloaded, and walked home late and sleepy. Locked out till my hosts got home, so I went and sat in Parc Lafontaine. Mont Royal was closed to cars traffic and people were painting the streets orange (literally). They were screening a movie on a projection screen but I just wanted to lie down in the grass. Today Ron and I went up The Main, St Laurent. I’ve been reading ‘Son of a Smaller Hero’ by Montreal’s own Mordechai Richler, and I enjoyed his description of St Laurent. I quote it here, along with an update of what I see today.
*Richler*: Every night St Lawrence Boulevard is lit up like a neon cake and used-up men stumble out of a hundred different flophouses to mix with rabbinical students and pimps and Trotskyites and poolroom sharks. Hair tonic and water is consumed in back alleys. Swank whores sally at you out of the promised jubilee of all the penny arcades. Crap games flourish under lamp posts. You can take Rita the Polack up to the Liberty Rooms or you can listen to Panofsky speak on Tim Buck and The Worker. You can catch Bubbles Dawson doing her strip at the Roxie Follies. You can study Talmbud at the B’nai Jacob Yeshiva, or you can look over the girls at the A.Z.A. Stag or Drag.
*Today*: Every night St Laurent Boulevard is lit up like a neon cake. Painted women spill out of a hundred different clubs to eat shish taouk with college students and hipsters and men-with-cars. Beer and shots are ordered and joints are smoked in the street. Sexy girls sashay in hip scarves, inviting eyes and entrance to every p’tit bar and terrace. Squeege Kids loiter under lampposts – begging money and smoking 20$ packs of cigarettes. You can take Celine back to her Plateau 3 1/2, or you can catch the Lovely Feathers and The Metrics at Le Swimming. You can visit the Strip Clubs to the south, or watch the performance art at the Fringe Fest. There’s free WiFi at Pi or Pistol, and bella models at Buona Notte.